Tetris Might Help People Recover from Trauma, Addiction
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Have you ever gotten so into a video game that you’ve dreamt about it? It’s possible that type of immersion could have some positive psychological benefits. Case in point: Recent research from University of Oxford found that patients who played Tetris in the emergency room following a traumatic event had less intrusive memories afterward. When

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Distracted? Here’s Why You Can’t Finish That Task
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You already have a million things to get done at work today. Add to the mix some coworkers chatting nearby, your friend blowing up your phone about a weekend plan that feels like lightyears away at this point, your mom emailing you photos of your little brother’s prom and an impromptu meeting with your boss and

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Deep Sleep Might Help You Stay Young
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Remember your teenage years when getting next-to-no sleep had next-to-no effect on you the next day? If you’re anything like me, there was a fateful all-nighter in your early to mid 20s that made it very clear you could no longer hang. If you now treasure your sleep, good. Getting quality sleep could be the secret

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Can Your Fitbit Tell When You’re Getting Sick?
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A lot of us wear biosensors—even if we don’t call them that. Fitbits and smartwatches collect information from our bodies throughout the day, storing thousands of data points. What if instead of using these devices only to track our physical activity and burned calories, we could use all that data to alert us when we’re getting sick? A team

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Stressed Out? Watching Nature Videos Could Help
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Taking a walk outside is a tried and true mood booster and stress reliever. But a lot of us don’t have the luxury of heading outdoors every time we feel sad or overwhelmed—particularly if we’re at work. That’s why this is such good news: A new study from the University of California, Berkeley and BBC Earth shows

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Learning a Second Language as an Adult Isn’t as Hard as It Seems
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Learning a second language is something that’s on a lot of our bucket lists, but it’s commonly thought to be difficult, if not impossible, to do as an adult. We often hear that children’s brains are like sponges that can soak in a language like it’s nothing, but once you get to be a certain age,

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‘Math Anxiety’ is Real, Even if You’re Good at Math
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Do you break out in a cold sweat when it’s time to calculate a tip? Is adding up cash and change when checking out at the grocery store (with a long line behind you, of course) the stuff of your nightmares? If so, you’re not alone. As many as 25 percent of four-year college students

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Something’s Fishy: DNA Tests Reveal Nearly Half of Fish Mislabeled
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Next time you go out for sushi, you might want to think of the menu as more of a guide than an actual representation of what you’re going to eat. According to recent research UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, when you order red snapper, you might be getting red snapper—but probably not. Your sushi is not

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Go With the Grain: Gluten-Free Diets Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
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We all want to be our best selves, and sometimes the pathway to self improvement is a change in diet. But how do you choose? There’s the Mediterranean diet, the Atkins diet, Paleo (which is technically a lifestyle) and more. But new research presented at a 2017 American Heart Association meeting casts doubt on the health benefits

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8 Straightforward Tips for Turning Your Finances Around This Year
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This article appeared originally on Next Avenue. Did you resolve to save more for retirement this year, become debt-free or put cash aside for a bucket-list trip? We’re a little ways into the new year, but there’s still plenty of time to turn your finances around in 2017. Here are eight recommendations for achieving your goals from

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